One in six New Zealanders is putting themselves at risk by travelling overseas without insurance, and instead relying on public appeals for money to pay medical bills should something go wrong.
Research from New Zealand’s largest travel insurer, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI), shows 61% of New Zealanders believe it is unacceptable for travellers without insurance to seek public funding after suffering accidents or medical emergencies overseas.
Despite this, almost one third (29%) of Kiwis do not take out travel insurance when heading overseas, making them vulnerable to financial hardship if something goes wrong.
SCTI CEO Chris White says New Zealanders sometimes adopt a “It’ll be right” attitude when travelling overseas and pass up the security of travel insurance.
“One quarter of New Zealanders told us they have required medical assistance at some stage while travelling overseas. So being insured can be the difference between managing travel hiccups and having it ruin your holiday – and finances beyond – particularly because research tells us that the public won’t necessarily come to the party and pick up unexpected bills.”
“There are very few places overseas where Kiwis can access free healthcare – and our research showed 90% of Kiwis are aware of this.”